Amoudara is a great choice for your 2017 Crete holiday if you’re looking for beautiful weather, scenic landscapes and a great range of attractions and things to do. It’s no surprise with a name that means ‘huge sand’ that Amoudara’s main attractions is its gorgeous beach, with golden sands that extend into the distance as far as the eye can see. The sun-drenched shores slower descend into the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea and it’s been awarded a European Union Blue Flag Award thanks to its exceptional beauty and cleanliness. Whether you want to spend your holiday in Amoudara lounging on the beach, exploring the local shops and street markets for bargains and souvenirs, or tasting the best of Greek cuisine, Amoudara has something for everybody. With a prime coastal location to the west of the capital city of Heraklion, Amoudara makes an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the picturesque island of Crete.
The main attraction in Amoudara is, without a doubt, the wonderful beach. Here you can experience all types of watersports including swimming and windsurfing, making this one of the most popular activities in the area. The main attractions in the nearby area include day trips to the archaeological museum in the capital Heraklion, or the Minoan Palace at Knossos. As Amoudara is perfect as a base from which to explore Crete, the region’s most popular attractions usually involve day trips, for example to the island of Spinalonga, an excursion to see the beautiful Venetian architecture at Chania, the Ottoman-inspired Rethymnon and an Allied War cemetery and several Minoan places of interest at Souda Bay. Other nearby villages include Rogdia, Gazi and Archanes, which has been restored with paved walkways into picturesque courtyards, and plenty of great little cafes and authentic tavernas.
Wine and Dine
Cretan food is grounded in simplicity, shirking complicated flavours and gimmicks for pared-down tastes, and a focus on the best produce and raw ingredients. On Crete, as in the rest of Greece, dining is a social activity and part of the Mediterranean way of life that has endured for thousands of years. Greeks enjoy wine, good conversation and fresh produce that has been prepared in time-honoured traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. A holiday in Amoudara is a great opportunity to let yourself unwind and enjoy the simpler things in life rather than rushing through at a fast pace, letting you stop and appreciate your surroundings. One of the essential ingredients in most Amoudara cuisine is olive oil, which is traditionally very high quality in Greece. Another famous ingredient you’ll come across a lot is honey, which is produced locally and is often served with nougat as a dessert. Some of the most popular dishes in Amoudara include Cretan cheeses, Dakos – which will remind you of bruschetta – or a traditional Greek meze. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could opt for the chochlioi boubouristi, or fried snails, which are much more appetising than they sound. Many tourists will enjoy the lamb dishes with stamnagathi, a trendy green vegetable. Meat lovers will want to try the Sfakia pies, which are made of dough and fresh white goat or sheep cheeses, and hirina apakia, a succulent smoked pork dish.
As Amoudara boasts one of the region’s best beaches with Blue Flag status, you’ll find many of the best family activities in the resort revolve around the beach. There’s so much to do here with your family that you’ll never be short of options for keeping everybody entertained. You can go swimming, paddle in the shallows around the beach, go for hikes or runs on the sand, play ball games on the beach or try your hand at a number of thrilling watersports including windsurfing. Families will have a great fuss-free day out at the Bravo Water Park or taking a jeep safari around the pretty countryside. While many beach-haven style holiday destinations have little to do apart from lounge at the beach, Amoudara is the ideal choice of holiday destination in Crete if you want to learn more about the heritage and culture of the island on your family holiday. Great attractions for families to enjoy together include the archaeological site at Tylissos, featuring the remains of an early Minoan settlement, as well as nearby villages Rogdia, Archanes and Gazi.
Action and Adventure
Amoudara is a fantastic choice of holiday destination for active holidaymakers thanks to its beautiful climate, naturally lovely landscapes, and huge stretch of clean sands and clear waters. The waters of the Aegean Sea are crystal clear and clean around Amoudara, while the sand is constantly renewed by the ocean currents. Many of the active things to do in Amoudara are based on the beach – these include swimming, hiking, running, kite surfing, water skiing, snorkelling and diving. Owing to the picture-perfect Greek weather, you can do almost every outdoor sport you can think of here, whether you fancy a few games of tennis, some rounds of golf or an exciting game of beach volleyball. There are many hills in the surrounding region that are ideal for an invigorating trek, or you can opt for an adventurous jeep safari tour if you need to give your legs a break from all the action. As Amoudara is very well-connected to the rest of Crete, you can easily access the best of the island’s activities. These include the Watercity Aqua Park at Anopolis, taking a day trip to the volcanic island at Santorini or visiting the Palace of Knossos to the south of Heraklion.
Life's a Beach
Amoudara Beach is situated to the west of the capital city, Heraklion, and has been awarded with a European Union Blue Flag Award thanks to its beauty and clean waters. The area nearby is highly developed with plenty of resorts and hotels scattered throughout, ensuring there are always plenty of good facilities. One of the best things about Amoudara is the beach and its beachside amenities means you’ve got everything you need for a great day at the beach close at hand. From parasols to loungers, towels to refreshing drinks, everything you need for the beach is easy to get hold of. As the name Amoudara means ‘huge sand’ in Greek, you’ll expect a big beach, but nothing quite prepares you for your first glimpse of the landscape from the sand, extending out far into the distance.
Amoudara and the surrounding area has everything that you’re looking for Crete nightlife, including traditional Greek tavernas and bars for a sociable night out with a traditional Greek vibe. If you’re craving something a bit more lively, there are plenty of excellent nightclubs across Heraklion that are easily reached by taxi or public transport. The largest and most popular club in Hersonissos, The Matrix Club is a must for party goers. If you’re looking for a wild night out and affordable drinks, the aptly-named Amnesia Club in Hersonissos was established in 2001 and has become one of the most popular nightclubs in the region. Other great clubs nearby include the Apollo, located in Malia, which draws tourists and locals alike from across the island, and the high-octane Banana Club in the centre of Malia, which hosts international guests DJs and frequently puts on huge party events.
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful couples’ retreat or want to spice things up with plenty of high-octane sports and activities, Amoudara makes the ideal base for exploring the beautiful island of Crete. A thrilling way of exploring the island without tiring your legs out is to take a jeep safari, letting you sit back and enjoy the beautiful blue skies and green landscape from the comfort of a 4x4. You can treat your loved one to a special memento of your time together in Amoudara with a stunning necklace or traditional bracelet from the jewellers at Creta Jewellery in Amoudara town, or enjoy a relaxed day sipping cocktails or chatting over coffee with your loved one at the NiSi Pool Café Bar. For romantic day trips with your partner, book an excursion to the island of Spinalonga, or head south of Heraklion to see the stunning Palace of Knossos.
As a town in the stunning island of Crete, Amoudara is part of the largest and most highly populated of Greek’s islands. Crete is the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea, and has a rich culture and heritage which is reflected in the local attractions. Opting to go on holiday in Amoudara in 2017 gives you a prime opportunity to connect with the history of this wonderful region, which was formerly the centre of the Minoan civilisation, considered to be the earliest-known civilisation inhabiting Europe. From Amoudara, you are well-connected to the island’s best transport links and can easily visit the top cultural attractions. These include the archaeological museums at Heraklion city, the Minoan Palace at Knossos and the Natural History Museum of Crete, where you can learn more about both the human and environmental history of the island.